OTTAWA -- The usual Ottawa Internet jinx strikes again. Everything works fine in Scotiabank Place until people come into the building. Then everyone logs into the Public Access network and it grinds to a halt. Anyway ...
7:43 p.m.: Chris Kelly gives the Sens a 1-0 lead with 15:32 left. Nick Foligno knocks Shaone Morrisonn off the puck at the Buffalo blue line, and Chris Kelly walks in on Ryan Miller all alone as Tyler Myers backs off -- and off, and off -- to cover the pass. Kelly has time to start at the right side, get Miller down and go all the way around him to the left side for a dump-in.
7:45 p.m.: Erik Karlsson goes for tripping with 14:58 left.
7:48 p.m.: Nathan Gerbe takes roughing call with five seconds left in inept power play, heading to box with 13:03 to go.
7:52 p.m.: Ottawa native Paul Byron, who has 40 to 50 friends and family members in the stands, scores for the Sabres to tie the game with 9:55 left. Tyler Ennis skates into Ottawa zone, passes by Karlsson to a driving Byron at the crease. He tips it home and welcomes a leaping Ennis into his arms as a mixed reaction comes from the crowd.
7:57 p.m.: It's still 1-1 with Sens holding an 8-7 shot edge with 8:10 to go. The Sens held a fundraiser at at local casino over the weekend, and Carrie Underwood stood behind the table as husband Mike Fisher dealt cards. How do I know? The picture was on every publication in Canada's capital. They'll miss her if he gets traded to Nashville, which is the hot rumor. It would certainly help the Predators get attention in Music City.
8:02 p.m.: Final commercial break comes with 5:24 left, still tied, 1-1. To sum up the past day or so -- Shawarma at the place they know my name = usual goodness. Stopping to get a few bottles of maple whiskey to take home since this is the last trip to Ottawa this season = mouthwatering. The fact this is the last trip to Ottawa = disappointment.
8:07 p.m.: Sens goalie Brian Elliott shows why he's lost his last 10 starts, allowing an easy backhand goal by Jochen Hecht with 4:11 left. It's 2-1.
8:12 p.m.: The Sabres head to the dressing room with a 2-1 lead and a 15-12 shot edge. I made a personal vow a couple of weeks ago to do everything I could to not mention the standings in my stories since there's almost half the season and nearly three months left on the schedule, but ... if the Sabres win tonight they'll be only four points behind eighth-place Atlanta with two fewer games played.
8:30 p.m.: They're back.
8:33 p.m.: Ennis gets bumped by Nick Foligno and crashes hard into the boards with 17:57 left.
8:39 p.m.: Sabres head to first commerical with 13:59 left with 2-1 lead intact. Chris Phillips fires wide on Ottawa scoring chance, and Nathan Gerbe gets chance at other end by going around Karlsson. Elliott makes the save.
8:41 p.m.: Some lady just won a trip for two to anywhere in North America, including Hawaii and the Bahamas, courtesy of Air Canada. That's much better than a T-shirt.
8:46 p.m.: Sabres keep 2-1 lead and have 19-15 shot edge at second commercial wth 9:53 to go. Off-ice crew just played a "Newlywed Game" and the final question was, "Who would your husband say was the hottest bridesmaid in your wedding?" Um, that could cause some trouble. For the record, she guessed right. "Carole" must be pretty hot apparently.
8:50 p.m.: ... or the pickings were pretty slim.
8:54 p.m.: Teams head to the final commercial, and Drew Stafford heads to the penalty box with 5:08 left. Stafford has returned from injury three times, including tonight, and he has at least a point in all three comeback games. He assisted on Byron's goal.
8:58 p.m.: Alex Kovalev helped to the dressing room as a bloody mess with 3:31 left -- and he wasn't even on the ice. He was standing at the bench and got hit with the puck being cleared.
9:03 p.m.: Sabres head to dressing room with 2-1 lead, while Sens go down hallway with a 24-21 shot edge.
9:21 p.m.: The Sabres are 12-1 when leading after two periods. The Sens are 0-16-3 when trailing after two.
9:23 p.m.: Myers gets called for cross-checking with 18:38 left.
9:31 p.m.: Attendance announced at 18,990 as Sabres hold 2-1 lead with 13:30 left. There have been no shots by either team yet.
9:37 p.m.: Air Canada just gave out another trip for two, seconds after the 50-50 jackpot winning number was announced for someone who collected $12,600. With prizes like that, no wonder 18,990 people are here to see a really bad team.